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From New York to Hong Kong: Striking workers shut down fast food joints, ports and schools

Hundreds of New York City fast-food workers, fed up with poverty wages and abusive working conditions, walked off the job this Thursday, demanding minimum pay of $15 an hour and the right to organize and collectively bargain without fear of retaliation. The strike echoes a similar walkout that took place in the city last November and exemplifies how low-wage non-unionized workers across the U.S. are organizing to fight back against exploitation.

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Canada Border Services raid highlights risks for undocumented migrants

March 25, 2013
| There are thousands of undocumented workers in Canada. Their stories are mostly hidden from view. But a recent raid on a construction site in Vancouver put migrant workers in the spotlight.
Length: 16:28 minutes (15.08 MB)

Shop talk: public speaking for organizers

Shop talk takes participants through the basics of effective public speaking

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has created a great guide for facilitators about how to run a success workshop on public speaking for union activists. The guide includes handouts, a feedback form for participants to fill out, and charts to draw on during the workshop. The workshop covers:

Characteristics of an effective speaker

How to create an outline for a speech

Practice exercises

Mock presentations for participants to test their skills 

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Asia Pacific Currents

General Strike a success in India

March 1, 2013
| Labour updates and an interview with Vasudevan I, General Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative on the General Strike in India on February 20 and 21.
Length: 31:10 minutes (14.27 MB)
| February 27, 2013
Asia Pacific Currents

Left parties re-organizing in Pakistan

February 5, 2013
| An interview with Mr. Hashim Bin Rashid, Lahore Secretary of the Awami Workers Party in Pakistan and labour updates from the region.
Length: 31:23 minutes (14.37 MB)
Photo: Tania Liu/Flickr
| January 17, 2013
Photo: Thandiwe Mccarthy/Flickr
| January 9, 2013

Hope springs eternal: A New Year's worker's message

Photo: Rob Chandanais/Flickr

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R v. Cole and an employee's reasonable expectation of privacy

Technology has become central to the workplace, with employers regularly providing employees with access to computers and other devices for use in the course of work and employment activities. Personal use of these devices often becomes incidental, especially as the boundaries between the workplace and home blur. As a result, questions arise over who really owns the personal information generated on these workplace devices and the extent of an employee's privacy rights over any personal information stored on these devices.

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